Before the Canadian Tire Gas Bar There Was..


Some people have asked me what building was situated on on the present Canadian Ggas Bar location. I found this on the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum website- Please check out their website as well as their Facebook page.

Their home was called Raloo Cottage and the only picture we have is from 1954 and it was owned by Captain William Henry Vickers Hooper and his wife Mabel.


Featured Artifact – March 2014


(1994.17.12b)“Come to the Irish Tea”!

Mabel Hooper sent this Irish clover shaped invitation to her neighbour Bertha Schwerdtfeger, inviting her to a Ladies Aid tea. Mabel was married to decorated war hero Captain William Henry Vickers Hooper, and lived at the corner of Bridge Street and Lake Avenue.

Her husband had served in the Boer War and later moved to Carleton Place where he worked as a photographer. During WWI he led the first contingent of Carleton Place men overseas. In April 1915 Hooper was wounded and captured by the Germans and spent a year and a half as a prisoner of war in Mainz, Germany. Upon his return home he worked as Postmaster from 1919 – 1950 and served as Mayor of Carleton Place in 1923.– Carleton Place and Beckwith Museum


Captain William Hooper and his wife Mabel at “Raloo Cottage”. Mabel (1879 – 1952) was the daughter of Brice McNeely Jr. and Mary MacDowell. They were married in 1905.


Raloo Cottage on Bridge Street Carleton Place. This photo, from a Hooper family album, is captioned “The day the Governor General came for lunch”, but is not dated. This home was torn down in 1954 and replaced



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Feeling Groovy by the Lake Ave East Bridge



About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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